September 3rd, 2021
Hello Tiger Families!
After 13 days of school, the Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us and we hope your family enjoys the long break! We have loved having your children back in school with our incredible staff who help them achieve.
During this short time, the COVID-19 active positive cases have increased significantly in Pickaway County and within our District. Additionally, the quarantine and positivity rates have significantly impacted student and staff attendance.
For up to date data and trends in Pickaway County, please visit https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/.
New Updates: This week the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released new guidelines for schools regarding exposures, isolations, and quarantines. On Wednesday, the Pickaway County Public Health Department released an updated flowchart to correspond with the ODH guidelines when it comes to quarantines. As a reminder, we encourage students and staff to stay home if they are feeling unwell. A summary of the new ways to avoid quarantines (and stay safe) BEFORE they occur can be summed up in the following graphic:
It remains our goal to maintain a traditional school format of in-person learning, five days a week with your children! Therefore, we need the help of our parents and families to voluntarily choose to have your child mask at all times while inside our schools. If illness, positive cases, and quarantines continue to rise at debilitating rates, schools across the country and state will be forced to move again to hybrid schedules or fully remote (at home) learning. I do not want that for us in Circleville because I believe that students and staff function best when we are together inside our school buildings.
This new ODH guidance (mentioned above), CDC links, and the District COVID-19 Dashboard of data can all be found on the district website under the District Information Tab and on the COVID-19 Resource Page.
We are working hard to provide accurate and timely communication updates to our Tiger families daily.
Information on vaccine availability for eligible students with the health department can be found at https://pickawaycountypublichealth.org/register/. Individuals can locate other providers by logging on to http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/.
Enjoy your long weekend, stay safe, and as always – Go Tigers!
Dr. Kimberly Halley
Superintendent of Schools